The 3-story mansion in Old Saybrook was constructed in 1939 in the English cottage style. Sitting on 3 1/2 acres, the house originally had 21 rooms and nine bathrooms. Following millions of dollars of work, the 8,300-square-foot mansion is more modern-looking now, with more open spaces and fewer, larger rooms, the newspaper said.
Hepburn died in 2003 at the age of 96. Her property was sold to its current owners in 2004 for $6 million.
"Before, it was so different," Colette Harron of William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty in Essex told the Courant. "It was rustic and woodsy and very minimal. There was a bunch of little rooms. I'm starting to have a hard time remembering what it looked liked. This is what people want in 2011."